In about 8 A.D., the Roman Emperor Augustus banished the poet Ovid to the Greek town of Tomi for writing, "Ars Amatoria" (The Art of Love). This wasn't the last time Ovid's words offended the power that be. In 1497, his work as well as Dante's fueled the great bonfire of Savonarola.. And in 1599, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of London ordered the burning of, among other works, Christopher Marlowe's translation of Ovid's "Elegies."
What does this have to do with this week's Ampolo offering? In "Ars Amatoria" Ovid wrote: Fertilior seges est alienis semper in agris. Literal translation: The harvest is always more fruitful in another man's fields. Today's variation: The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.
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